Week Nine Top Teams List (11/02/2005):
- USC-Crushed a very good WSU offense, and also put up 55 points for show. Remaining slate fairly tough with games against Stanford (who almost beat them last year and on a bit of a roll), California (who always play the Trojans close and own the last victory of any opponent), Fresno State (quietly having a fine season and thrive in the world beaters role) and rival UCLA (who also almost beat them last year).
- Virginia Tech-Made it look easy against Boston College. Second half defensive dominance becoming the routine.
- Texas-They were down 28-9, so what? It was obvious they'd come back in a big way. I told someone when it was halftime they'd score 49 straight. I was almost right.
- Notre Dame-That Michigan State loss sure hurts right about now.
- UCLA-Comeback act is impressive, if annoying. Get this, they have three weeks to prepare for USC, but the game's in the Coliseum so at least there won't be any long grass stunts and powder blue uniforms.
- Georgia-Just not the same team without Shockley. Would probably rank higher on here with a little more offensive gumption from the coaches. Run D is starting to look suspect. Still better than anything else out there.
- Alabama-Four touchdown passes last weekend... is that a school record?
- Miami-Ho hum. Let's see if they wake up against Virginia Tech this weekend.
- Louisville-Brian Brohm is now #1 nationally in passing efficiency, but all anybody wants to talk about is that Dumerville guy. Can't blame them, he's really good.
- California-My friend HP has it right; when 6-2 at a place like Cal is a disappointment, things are going pretty well.
- Ohio State-Surging, but has the run defense been exposed or is it a one-week blip?
- Penn State-Why not? Taking command of winnable games, like OSU. Nothing wrong with having the fortitude and the aptitude to swiftly put inferiors away.